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Tuscan garden in the Hollywood Hills

Tuscan garden
Her intimate patio, and the fragrant tumble of rosemary, Mexican sage and purple lantana that fills the hillside beyond, reflect a decade’s worth of summer pilgrimages to Italian Renaissance gardens and homes.

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Some of the villas she modeled her patio after include the Villa I Tatti outside Florence and Turin’s Villa d’Agliè.

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Spiegelman wanted to complement her Hollywood Hills villa with garden elements she loved: stone balustrades and patinated statuary, a trickling fountain, faux topiary and clipped hedges.

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By covering a solid concrete patio with white pearl pebbles and dozens of planters filled with flowers and greenery, she solved one of the space’s daunting challenges--no ground to plant in.

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Spiegelman and her gardener turned 26-foot retaining walls into a tapestry of flowers by creating a trellis of pink jasmine.

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The hillside behind the patio is a fragrant tumble of rosemary, Mexican sage and purple lantana interspersed with patinated statuary and reproduction urns.

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Spiegelman’s favorite part of the day is in the morning. “I like to sit and drink my cappuccino and watch the birds before I run off to my crazy day--for 10 minutes I pretend I’m in Italy.”

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The Mexican sage grows through a cement balustrade on the garden’s second level.

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The air drifting down from the hillside is spiced with scents of the sage and rosemary that have taken off with abandon since she planted them there five years ago.

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Along with the lemon and orange trees, the sage and rosemary create a heady cocktail of Mediterranean fragrances. “If I close my eyes and take a deep breath,” Spiegelman says, “I’d swear I’m in Tuscany.”

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